Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth
The Diocese of Portsmouth covers Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, the Channel Isles and parts of Berkshire, Dorset and Oxfordshire
Appointment of teachers in Catholic Schools
"Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers and, if he
does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses".
[Pope Paul VI, 1974]
"The preservation and development of the quality and distinctive nature of
Catholic schools depends essentially on the faith, practice and standards of
the teachers in the schools... Governors seek to appoint good and qualified
teachers... whose personal and professional standards come nearest to the
[Bishops' Conference Memorandum on the Appointment of Teachers, 2000]
"The posts of Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Head or Co-ordinator of
Religious Education are to be filled by baptised and practising Catholics.
Other Leadership posts that affect directly the Catholic mission of the school
…should, wherever possible, be staffed by skilled practitioners who are
committed Catholics. All teachers must respect and support the aims and
objectives of a Catholic school."
[Bishops' Conference Guidance on the Appointment of Teachers to Catholic Schools, 2003]
The Department for Schools provides advice to schools on the recruitment and appointment of teachers and actively participates in recruitment fairs to recruit teachers for our Catholic schools. The Department also provides training courses for potential headteachers and deputy headteachers.
In the selection, interview and appointment process for senior members of staff in Catholic schools the Bishop is represented by a Diocesan Officer. The relevant legislation provides for the Bishop’s representative to have the same rights to be present at shortlistings and interviews as the LAs Director of Education’s representative.